Dogster Daddy knows him as Pack Leader; the rest of us know him as Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. Now we can all learn a little bit more about him. Cesar was nice enough to answer a few questions about his views on life and more.
Joy — Is there a species you haven’t worked with but would like to and why?
Cesar — I’d love to work with any animal that is pack-oriented: dolphins, elephants, horses, pigs, monkeys, anything! I’m very intrigued by all pack-oriented species. I know I have what it takes; I have the energy. I am balanced in the animal world. I know that I need to be calm and assertive.
I would of course need to learn each species’ unique psychology dolphin psychology, chimpanzee psychology, elephant psychologyin the in-depth way that I know dog psychology. That way they get the best out of me. I need to be a balanced and knowledgeable human, so I don’t hesitate with my reactions and I understand how to fulfill their species.
But learning a species that way can take a long time. You have to meet many animals before you can recognize a pattern. I can say dogs pee on trees and mate every six months, because I’ve observed and worked with thousands of them. I have witnessed the same behavior in so many dogs, so now I can say with certainty this is what they do.
Joy — Now that you’re conducting seminars across the country what is your biggest challenge in communicating your ideas and principles to the audience?
Cesar — I think my challenge is overcoming my own insecurities. I didn’t learn public speaking in school, so sometimes I worry I don’t have what it takes to be a good speaker or that I won’t be able to deliver. But my insecurity goes away at the moment I step on stage and talk about my passion. Being able to share my passion with an audience takes all the nervousness away.
My goal is to create a very simple way to communicate my message: it’s not the dog, it’s you. I hope that when people step out of the seminar, they will feel motivated and inspired. That’s really all it takes for you to change yourself.
I’m showing you what the end product should look like. How you get there is up to you. My method is not the only one out there. It works for me; it works for many other people who have learned from my techniques. But that doesn’t mean it will works for you. People come to my seminar and open their minds to these ideas; that’s wonderful. I appreciate it very much, and if I can motivate and inspire people to live in the now, to take responsibility for their dog and their dog’s behavior, I think that’s a great start.
Check back tomorrow for Part III.